Friday, October 05, 2007
A Time To Celebrate
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While on safari in Africa there were several favorite words that I learned and their meanings one of which was "Safari." In Swahili, safari means journey and I have truly enjoyed sharing this journey with everyone and I hope everyone is enjoying it as much as Jon and I are. The simple truth is even this race is just the beginning of what hopes to be a very long journey for CALIFORNIA'S BEST RACING and Lucky since we are already considering future events.
Can you believe it... On Monday it will only be ONE WEEK until we leave for Mexico! I really feel good about it and have looked forward to it for what seems like an eternity. One thing I will miss is having Jon along with us on the drive down and back. Jon has been an amazing asset to the preparation, research and support in preparing for all that has taken place to get us this far along. Thanks Jon. Jon will be flying down to Mexico along with the cameramen and equipment and will meet up with us when they gets there. It will be a long drive but one hell of an adventure, I'm sure. I am positive there will be lots to see and take in, customs to learn and traditions to experience, something that is missed when flying.
One thing Jon and I will miss terribly is getting to take part in seeing his daughter, Natalie and my grandson, Tyler Gene go Trick Or Treating on Halloween now that he will be 16 months old.
Speaking of traditions... One of the oldest of all traditions in Mexico dates back over more than 500 years, when the Spanish Conquistadors landed in what is now Mexico and they encountered natives practicing a ritual that seemed to mock death. No, it's not the La Carrera Panamericana even though after having read volumes about the La Carrera it might sound like it. It was a ritual the indigenous people had been practicing at least 3,000 years. A ritual the Spaniards would try unsuccessfully to eradicate. It is a ritual known today as Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.
Today, people don wooden skull masks called calacas and dance in honor of their deceased relatives. Unlike the Spaniards, who viewed death as the end of life, the natives viewed it as the continuation of life. Instead of fearing death, they embraced it. To them, life was a dream and only in death did they become truly awake. Does this sound like the thoughts of a race car driver or what? The Spaniards considered the ritual to be sacrilegious. They perceived the indigenous people to be barbaric and pagan so in their attempts to convert them to Catholicism, the Spaniards tried to kill the ritual. But like the old Aztec spirits, the ritual refused to die. To make the ritual more Christian, the Spaniards moved it so it coincided with All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day which is while we are finishing the La Carrera Panamericana.... A time to celebrate.